A third of London GPs unable to diagnose dementia according to study

Providing high-quality care and support for the increasing numbers of people with dementia is one of the most challenging and complex issues of our time. The number of people with dementia is set to double to 1.4 million in the next 30 years and the costs are expected to treble.

A new study by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) responds to the need for service providers and commissioners to have a better evidence base on ageing in London. This briefing identifies areas of unmet need, highlights problems with current provision, and draws attention to models of best practice.

The study of services in London, commissioned by the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust, reveals that the capital is facing a number of serious problems in the future provision of care for people with dementia. These include:

  • Less than a third of GPs in the capital say they are able to diagnose dementia or to provide sufficient help for dementia sufferers
  • Failures of integration between health and social care services